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Blog Post
12/4/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The sky is falling, said Chicken Little, and so say the health reform critics in the Senate. They are fearmongering relentlessly to kill health care reform. The health insurance conglomerates feeding them their lines are cackling with glee offstage. Listening to this poultry farm, day after day, is galling. The same conservatives who spent years...
Blog Post
12/2/2009
Judy Dugan
I about fell over today when Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana declared himself concerned about 'threats' to women's breast care under the health reform bill. Vitter? The uberconservative known primarily for his close ties to a D.C. prostitution ring? I was laughing so hard I couldn't hear all he said. Maybe he offered free manual breast exams:...
News Release
12/2/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522 ext. 305
Santa Monica, CA -- Opponents of health care reform charged repeatedly this week that the Senate health reform bill would increase individuals’ and families’ cost of health insurance—“by up to 13%,” or “by $2,100 a year.” All the critics cited a Congressional Budget Office report that reached a much...
Blog Post
11/30/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
I was about to fall asleep listening to opening statements today in the Senate debate on health reform--until Sen. John McCain of Arizona got to the podium. He began angry and got red-faced furious, coming back over and over to "$180 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage," and how it would harm "my" seniors. He demanded that...
Blog Post
11/25/2009
Judy Dugan
Ok, we already know that United HealthCare, Anthem/Wellpont and other insurance conglomerates are using your health insurance premiums to "help" their employees lobby Congress against consumer-friendly health reforms. But Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina used your premium dollars in an even more irritating and likely illegal way...
Blog Post
11/18/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Health insurance conglomerate Anthem Wellpoint recently tried to pawn off in Congress an internal analysis "proving" that health reform would raise health insurance rates 100% or more for many people. The result was to make supporters of health reform in Congress furious, though it did hand opponents some new talking points, no matter...
Blog Post
11/16/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
I don't think readers will be too surprised to discover this. Drug companies are jacking up their prices in advance of new laws that might rein in their abuses. Just like credit card interest rates are through the roof, in the high teens for good customers and up to 30% overall, in advance of new regulation. A New York Times investigation...
Blog Post
11/11/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
As the old saying goes, you can fool some of the people all of the time. That appears to be the target audience of politicians who blatantly lie about what health reform would do, and never apologize. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus gleefully calls out these corporate puppets, after watching the House of Representatives debate before it...
Blog Post
11/4/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
A final batch of amendments to the big House of Representatives health reform bill pokes a few sharp sticks at insurance companies. It also changes the tax law on production of biofuels. Say again? For me, it's a hallelujah moment--health policy and energy policy in the same bill!  But it's still completely unrelated to the health bill--or...
Blog Post
11/3/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Only the vastly under-seen cartoonist Tom Tomorrow could mash up the public option, Joe Lieberman and Harry Reid, and make a tragicomedy of it. See it here, or below. (Pitch: he's on Salon.com, and on Twitter @tomtomorrow):